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Steve McLendon | Defensive Lineman | #99

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/3/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 320
College: Troy
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Jets signed NT Steve McLendon, formerly of the Steelers, to a three-year contract worth up to $12 million.
The Jets' local media had the two sides finalizing a deal on Tuesday. McLendon has put pen to paper and will be first man up in trying to replace NT Damon "Snacks" Harrison, who left as a free agent to join the Giants. McLendon is a steep downgrade, but has plenty of starting experience in the 3-4 scheme. He was PFF's 23rd-ranked DT/NT against the run last season. Mar 16 - 12:30 PM

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Newsday's Kimberley Martin reports the Jets are expected to sign free agent NT Steve McLendon.

The Jets are in the market for a new nose after losing Snacks Harrison to the rival Giants. McLendon played just 330 snaps for the Steelers last season, starting 11 of Pittsburgh's 18 games. He finished 23rd against the run in Pro Football Focus' defensive tackle grades. McLendon would be a big step back from Harrison.
Source: Newsday
Mar 15 - 8:45 PM

Free agent NT Steve McLendon is visiting the Jets on Monday.

It is the first reported visit for McLendon, who is reportedly looking for an opportunity to play more snaps after being limited in Pittsburgh's defense. With the Jets losing NT Damon Harrison to the Giants in free agency, he could get that opportunity in New York. McLendon turned 30 in January.
Mar 14 - 9:55 AM

Steelers NT Steve McLendon (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 11.

McLendon has been playing limited snaps at nose for Pittsburgh this season. Rookie Stephon Tuitt could see an expanded role with McLendon sidelined.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 01:11:00 PM

Steelers NT Steve McLendon (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 7.

McLendon lasted just 16 snaps in the Week 6 loss at Cleveland before going down. The rotational run-stuffer has a sprain. Second-round rookie Stephon Tuitt should have his role expanded.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 12:11:00 PM

Steelers NT Steve McLendon has been sidelined since last Friday with a concussion.

McLendon is day-to-day. Entering the second year of a three-year, $7.25 million deal, McLendon is penned in as the starting nose tackle. He'll be bookended by LE Cameron Heyward and either Cam Thomas or rookie Stephon Tuitt.
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 02:19:00 PM

Steelers NT Steve McLendon added 17 pounds this offseason and is up to 330.

McLendon wore down as last season progressed, losing snaps down the stretch. He still played stout run defense, and should be harder to move this year. The Steelers' first-team D-Line projects as LE Stephon Tuitt, NT McLendon, and RE Cameron Heyward. Cam Thomas will be the top backup at all three spots.
Fri, Jun 6, 2014 01:14:00 AM

ESPN Steelers reporter Scott Brown suggests NT Steve McLendon could be "primed for a bigger role" in 2014.

The Steelers traditionally remove their nose tackle in all nickel situations, but McLendon is a candidate for more playing time on passing downs given their lack of depth on the defensive line. McLendon could pair with Cameron Heyward as inside pass-rushers in sub-packages.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, May 2, 2014 07:29:00 PM

Steelers NT Steve McLendon (ankle) is expected to return for Sunday's Week 16 game against the Packers.

McLendon has been out since Week 12. He'll return to a rotational run-stuffing role in the middle of the Steelers' front.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 12:18:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Steelers NT Steve McLendon will "miss a few weeks" with the ankle injury he suffered in Week 12.

The Steelers ostensibly feared a more major injury because La Canfora says McLendon's diagnosis was "overall positive." It's still a big blow to Pittsburgh's already shaky run defense. McLendon is their 325-pound nose tackle.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 09:36:00 PM

Steelers NT Steve McLendon left Sunday's Week 12 game against the Browns in the second quarter with an ankle injury.

His return is listed as doubtful. A combination of Al Woods and Ziggy Hood will replace him in the starting lineup.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 01:49:00 PM

Steve McLendon is expecting to be the Steelers' every-down nose tackle this season.

A former undrafted free agent that has been cut four separate times, McLendon is stepping in for Casey Hampton. He certainly doesn't lack for confidence. "The typical Steve McLendon is I want to be powerful and strong like Casey, I want to be smart like Chris Hoke, and I want to be quick and fast like Jay Ratliff of the Cowboys." McLendon did grade out positively while playing 139 snaps as Hampton's caddy last season.
Wed, May 29, 2013 11:11:00 AM

Steelers re-signed restricted free agent NT Steve McLendon to a three-year contract.

McLendon, 27, drew interest from the Packers over the last two days, forcing Pittsburgh's hand to lock up Casey Hampton's heir apparent. McLendon appeared in all 16 games in 2012, registering seven tackles and two sacks. He played just 139 defensive snaps, but he can expect to see a hefty uptick this year.
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 02:27:00 PM

Restricted free agent NT Steve McLendon visited the Packers on Wednesday.

McLendon, 27, is penciled in as Pittsburgh's starting nose tackle with veteran Casey Hampton a free agent. There's also been talk the Steelers could move McLendon to end. The Packers need help up front after being run through in the playoffs. McLendon, originally undrafted, was tendered at the lowest level. Restricted free agents have until Friday to sign offer sheets.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 07:21:00 PM

Steelers extended an original-pick tender to restricted free agent NT Steve McLendon.

McLendon is believed to be the heir apparent to Casey Hampton at nose tackle, but there's also chatter that he could move to defensive end in the 3-4. He has ideal height at 6-foot-4 while also showing the ability to push the pocket in limited opportunities. The low tender will pay McLendon $1.323 million.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 03:58:00 PM

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